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Birley’s welcomes 153 local children for Minilympics

We hosted our fifth Minilympics at Birley’s playing fields on Monday, with 153 local primary school children attending the event aimed at encouraging healthy and active lifestyles. 

Over 700 children have now benefited across the five years of the initiative which King’s organises in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.

The Year 5 pupils participated in touch-rugby and various athletics events which our pupils and Spires Academy students helped run.

Sports Nutritionist Zara Finch later gave a talk on healthy eating before Canterbury-based Olympic athlete Jack Green spoke about his experiences in elite-level sport, posed for photographs and signed T-shirts.

Christina Astin, Head of Partnerships at The King’s School, said on the day: “It’s great to see King’s students developing their sports leadership skills, together with students from Spires Academy.

“We’re so relieved that the sun is shining today and it’s a pleasure to see the sports facilities being used for the good of the whole community.”

There were 10 local schools in attendance and Councillor Terry Westgate, the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, presented pupils with medals, goody bags and trophies at the end of the day.

Clare Pearson, Teaching Assistant from Bridge and Patrixbourne CEP School, said: “This is such a great event and all the children are having such a good time. The sports leaders are great with them.  It’s really special that they all get a T-shirt and can use all these facilities.”